Melbourne isn't known as Australia's creative hub by chance. This is the result of a very deliberate, and very successful, campaign.
Plus eight other pollies and their various corporate interests.
Pauline Hanson is trying her hand at another political comeback. Freelance writer Sally Whyte looks back through history at Australian politicians who came in from the political wilderness to electoral glory.
John Brumby's appointment to the COAG Reform Council is shabby and undeserved for a man of his parochial, protectionist record as premier of Victoria.
The ALP suits crammed into the function room of Lygon Street's legendary La Notte restaurant last Thursday to celebrate the first meeting of the Victorian party's new think tank 'Progressive Network' were restless.
Two contrasting ALP state election reviews have been launched in the last week and the differences between them is stark, and for the NSW party a tad embarrassing.
The by-election to replace former Victorian Premier John Brumby has been set for February 19. Labor's state administrative committee will meet next week, presumably to smooth the path for property developer (and brother of Eddie) Frank McGuire, writes William Bowe.
Australia's first election for the year will be a rather sedate affair.
The following events have been confirmed for the 2011 electoral calendar: NSW Labor's date for an election shellacking will be March 26, Johm Brumby's exit from politics will result in a by-election in a safe seat and four of the 15 seats in Tasmania's Legislative Council will become vacant this year, writes William Bowe.